Sending coals to Newcastle

Sadie gave me the heads-up about a new State Department initiative (on your taxpayer dime, of course):

The BBC World Service is to receive a “significant” sum of money from the US government to help combat the blocking of TV and internet services in countries including Iran and China.

In what the BBC said is the first deal of its kind, an agreement is expected to be signed later this month that will see US state department money – understood to be a low six-figure sum – given to the World Service to invest in developing anti-jamming technology and software.

The funding is also expected to be used to educate people in countries with state censorship in how to circumnavigate the blocking of internet and TV services.

The logistics of this make sense.  As the article goes on to say, the BBC already has a significant presence in these regions.  However, given that the BBC is as anti-American, anti-capitalist, antisemitic, and anti-Israel as the repressive countries in which it is now about to enhance its presence, I can’t help but feel that we, the taxpayers, are being asked to pay to bring coals to Newcastle.

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  • Midwest Chick

    US tax dollars are also being used to outfit Mexican trucks with electronic on board recorders due to a deal that will allow shipments from Mexico to be driven to the final destination by the original driver instead of being transferred to an American trucking company for final delivery.  American companies are having to foot the bill themselves to the tune of $10,000/truck which will put many smaller companies out of business.  This is notwithstanding other security issues that will arise from this policy.;;

  • JKB

    Point of order, why are we funding the development of anti-jamming technology and software when we already have such technology and software used by our military?  Oh, that’s right, that stuff is munitions and severely restricted from export especially to the countries under discussion.  So what is BBC going to do, develop the same technology outside of US control, using none of the previous research conducted for military purposes, and one presumes UK export control, and provide it to our future enemies.  The release of the technology information about current anti-jamming systems would be illegal as they are on the US Munitions List…ITAR_Part_121, which ironically the list is administered by the U.S. State Department – Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.  But not to worry, none of the oppressed people will let the military of that country have a copy of the technology.

  • David Foster

    Midwest Chick…not understanding (possibly because I’m a little slow today)…if they are Mexican-owned trucks, with Mexican drivers, how does the requirement for US trucking companies to pay the $10,000 work? Is there a special assessment against US trucks to pay for this?

  • suek

    Can you say “Cloward-Pivens”??  If he can’t break the bank one way, he’ll break it another…

    More than one way to break the bank….
    I was thinking about this possibility concerning the military as well.  Apparently they aren’t stretched enough covering Iraq and A-stan, so they have to cover yet another mission.  Eventually, they’ll have to fail.
    Here’s an interesting take on the Libya action:
    The Real Reasons Behind Libya Attack: Petrobras, Soros, 3 Women, “New” U.N. Agenda | Right Wing News


    Eventually, they’ll have to fail.
    Isn’t that the plan … to dismantle it piece by piece like a erector set toy. First you build something, piece by piece with all the new and shiny parts and then you take it apart to build something else. It’s not the same as building with old wooden blocks and just knocking them over – that would be too obvious.
    It’s too late to go into full rant mode, you know I am on the east coast. I’ll just plant a few words here, it’s Spring. Whatever is going on, has been going on – it is with the full knowledge of the GOP. There is no reason in hell any of us should have to be reading in between the lines, connecting the dots on the internet and investigative blogs should not have to be doing the work of the politicians that got our vote. I have yet to hear a chorus of voices from the halls of Congress screaming at the top of their lungs “LOOK OUT BELOW”.

  • Ymarsakar

    The thing about corruption is that once it is pervasive enough, it becomes the status quo. it becomes accepted practice. it is then expected of smart people to do it, cause dumb ones don’t get a cut and will starve.

  • Midwest Chick

    When they first wanted to require the Mexican trucking companies to put in the EOBR’s, the Mexican companies screamed that it was discriminatory so it was expanded to include all US trucking companies (previously not required) since we wanted Mexican companies to have equipment not mandated on US trucks.  So it’s now mandated that all US trucking companies put in EOBR’s (even short-haul/delivery trucks) on their own dime, but via the fuel tax, the US taxpayers will both outfit the Mexican companies trucks, but will also provide training in English, rules of the road, etc. so they can operate here.